intimidate[in tim′ə dāt′]
- To imtimidate is defined as to frighten someone or to make someone be in awe of you, especially if you do so in order to get what you want.
An example of intimidate is to act very tough to scare your enemies.
transitive verbin·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·ing, in·tim·i·dates
- To make timid; fill with fear: The size of the opposing players intimidated us.
- To coerce or deter, as with threats: The police intimidated the suspect into signing a false statement.
Origin of intimidateMedieval Latin intimidāre, intimidāt- : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in–2 + Latin timidus, timid; see timid.
(third-person singular simple present intimidates, present participle intimidating, simple past and past participle intimidated)